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Moinhos Velhos

Moinhos Velhos
Detox Yoga Juice Fasting
Retreat Location

Moinhos Velhos is located in a secluded valley by the Barragem da Bravura.
14 km. from Lagos on the Algarve coast in Portugal. Away from the popular
tourist areas we have 16 hectares (40 acres) in an area of several
thousand hectares of natural beauty. It is a protected area.
We wake up to the songs of the birds in the morning and retire with
the silence of the stars at night. Yet,by car, we are only one hour from
the airport at Faro, 15 minutes from the city of Lagos and
20 minutes from the nearest beaches.

The recently completed 4 lane motorway is 10 minutes away. This makes it handy but at the same time we are not disturbed by any motorway noise. Once off the motorway, or when coming from Lagos ,we have blacktop municipal roads all the way to the Barragem.
It is easy to get to Moinhos Velhos. The East-West motorway runs from Bensafrim to the Spanish border.

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In Spain we link up with the Spanish motorways. We also link with the Portuguese North South motorways, and these and the Spanish motorways are connected with most major European cities.


By Air.
Faro is an international airport with direct flights to
most major European cities.
For those cities that do not have a direct flight,
connection is made at Lisbon.

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By Train or Bus

From Lagos there is train and bus service to all major
European cities.

Local roads.

From Lagos or the motorway the road is tarmac all the way
to the Barragem.From the end of the municipal road we have concreted the road to our property, where most roads are
pawing stones.

map Algarve


When we purchased Moinhos Velhos in 1992 there was a converted farm house, three old animal buildings and a couple of ruin During the first year here we cleaned up the property and built the yoga temple, swimming pool, sauna, clinic and guest house and we had our first program in May 1993.In the following years the main house was added to and restored, a couple of ruins converted and other buildings added.

Today we have altogether 12 buildings on the property plus a large (160 square meter) greenhouse, a sauna and a hot-tub. The main building has a dining room and two kitchens. One kitchen is for making the juices. In the second kitchen there is a staff eating area. Adjoining the office is the living room, which is very cozy with a most efficient wood burning heater. There is also a wood burning free standing heater in the dining room. Above the living room is the main office with two computers, printers, copying machine etc.

Outside the dining room and kitchen there is a large terrace with comfortable seating. In the summer time part of this area is shaded by an overhead grape vine. Just stretch out your hand and pick the grapes, which of course are off limit for the fasters. A broad stone stairway leads down to the yoga temple and pool.


Below the temple there is a room with bathroom. There is also a storage area and a walk in cooler under the temple.

detox fasting yoga retreat lower temple

The pool is a salt water pool. Approximately 12m x 6m we use no chemicals in the water. A special conversion units splits the salt atoms into natural chlorine and oxygen,(at least that is the way I understand it) providing a chemical free pool. It is truly a pleasure to swim in this water, it feels like silk on the skin. We use the pool 12 month of the year. In the winter when the water temperature can drop to 14 degrees, we first have a sauna and a quick dip in the pool is then most refreshing
The sauna is just below the pool.

Past the temple is the clinic. This building has four rooms and one toilet. There are three therapy rooms with a selection of modern holistic therapeutic equipment..There is a reading room with a large selection of spiritual and health related books.

There is a computer for guest use in the main house.
Wifi in every room except in the room in the yoga room.

Guest house for the fasters

The main guest house has four rooms, 3 twin and 1 single. All with private bath rooms and individual heaters. All the bathrooms are fitted with a Clysmatic (Gravity colonic unit).

Moinhos Velhos means "The Old Mills". In days before the Barragem was built this was an operating water mill, and all the neighboring farmers would bring their produce to be milled here. Apparently this goes back many hundreds of years. We have converted half the mill ruin into two single rooms. The other half of the mill belongs to our neighbor.

These fasting cottages are popular

These wooden cottages are our most popular accommodation. Each cottage is about 20 square meters, plus two bathrooms and a patio.

Moinhos Velhos
Cotifo Box 951F
Lagos 8600-077 Portugal

Tel: 351 282 687 147

E-mail: fasting@ip.pt
Skype: moinhos.velhos

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